‘We’re facing growing biosecurity risks’ – new federal roadmap launched

Beef Central, 26/05/2021

THE Australian Government has today launched roadmap to build a stronger, smarter biosecurity system through to 2030.

Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and Australia’s Director of Biosecurity, Mr Andrew Metcalfe AO, said Commonwealth Biosecurity 2030 would ensure Australia’s biosecurity system stays ahead of current and growing biosecurity threats.

“We are facing growing biosecurity risks that are becoming more complex and harder to manage, as pests and diseases spread overseas and more cargo and mail arrives in Australia,” Mr Metcalfe said.

“A strong biosecurity system is all that stands between us and these growing risks.

“Commonwealth Biosecurity 2030 outlines how we will build our future system and keep Australia at the forefront of best-practice biosecurity.

“We’ll do this by focusing on better governance and regulation, improved use of available technology, supporting our people capability, as well as sustainable, effective funding.

“This will give us strong ongoing commitment from those who play a key role in our biosecurity system, such as industry, government and community.

“It will also support our people capability on the ground, and better use of data and technology so we can work smarter.

“It gives us a roadmap to establish a regulatory environment that will allow us to respond to the biosecurity opportunities and challenges we face.

Head of Biosecurity at the department, Deputy Secretary Mr Andrew Tongue PSM, said Commonwealth Biosecurity 2030 also highlighted that a sustainable funding and investment model would be a priority for our future biosecurity system.

“Australia’s biosecurity system relies on partnerships, relationships and involvement from a range of stakeholders across the country,” Mr Tongue said.

“To deliver the priorities outlined in Commonwealth Biosecurity 2030, we will use our strong existing relationships to guide annual action plans and work toward a National Biosecurity Strategy.

“Commonwealth Biosecurity 2030 will guide our response to recommendations from previous reviews, including by the Inspector-General of Biosecurity and the Australian National Audit Office.

“These reviews have highlighted systemic challenges we need to address going forward.

“As the document outlines, our goal for Australia’s biosecurity system by 2030 captures the critical role it plays for our country.

“We need it to be a risk-based system that effectively, efficiently and sustainably protects Australia against the biosecurity threats of today and tomorrow. “

Source: Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment. Commonwealth Biosecurity 2030  is available on the department’s website.


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  1. Matthew Della Gola, 26/05/2021

    First question. Will we or are we going to be hit with a new levy? If so does this or would this mean getting rid of and or abolishing other levies. Biosecurity is clearly a real problem and extremely concerning for Australian agriculture. Lets not use this for politics sake to create further duplication with an already overcrowded system. Surely the ag department could take some sort of control. Oh wait a second no they cant as they allowed prohibited fetal cord blood from south america into our country only to be injected into australian cattle. With no one reportedly convicted over it. So lets create another complex and incompetent department to preside over our agricultural industry. Cheers

  2. Carli McConnel, 26/05/2021

    Feds want stronger bio security rules yet they are standing by while Victoria legislates to let anyone cross private land, crops, breeding paddocks to get to water. They dump rubbish possibly contaminated with imported meat etc yet they will be allowed to risk our primary industries just to buy votes.

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